Tuesday, May 9, 2017

Marriott opens Waikoloa Ocean Club on Hawaii’s Big Island

Marriott International has opened the new Waikoloa Ocean Club overlooking ‘Anaeho‘omalu Bay on the western shore of Hawaii’s Big Island.

The resort is inspired by the island’s lush green flora, pristine waterfalls, fiery red volcanos and black lava beds and features beautifully decorated one- and two-bedroom suites that celebrate the rich culture and diverse landscape of the one-of-a-kind island.

Marriott's Waikoloa Ocean Club
One of the Marriott Vacation Club properties, Marriott’s Waikoloa Ocean Club shares amenities and activities featured by the Waikoloa Beach Marriott Resort & Spa.

Those include swimming pools with one exclusively for children, a fitness center, tennis facilities, lei-making classes and hula and ukulele lessons. There is abundant upscale shopping and dining within walking distance, and there are two championship golf courses nearby on the Kohala Coast.

Those looking for a calming place to relax and recharge their batteries can indulge in rejuvenating treatments inspired by eastern and western cultures at the Mandara Spa, located within the Waikoloa Beach Marriott Resort & Spa. A signature treatment is the Hawaiian Lomi Lomi massage, the traditional healing massage of Hawaiian royalty.

Guests at the Waikoloa Ocean Club can also take in an authentic Polynesian luau at the nearby Waikoloa Beach Marriott Resort & Spa. The luau, which features food, dancing and music, is a must for first-time visitors to the islands and highly recommended for veteran Hawaii vacationers.

There are also opportunities for adventure beyond the resort and its on-site beach.

The Big Island is home to three active volcanoes: Maunaloa and Kilauea in Hawaii Volcanoes National Park and Loihi, located underwater off the island’s southern coast. While Maunaloa last erupted in 1984, Kilauea has been continuously erupting since 1983.

The Waikoloa Petroglyph Preserve is just a 10 minute walk from the property. Although only a few miles from Puako Petroglyph Archaeological Preserve, Waikoloa Petroglyh Preserve features different styles of petroglyphs and a different viewing experience for those inclined to compare and contrast.

Guests can take trails through a lush rainforest, exploring on foot or on horseback; view ancient lava tubes; stroll black sand beaches; and take in the sights from the snow-capped summit of Mauna Kea, considered one of the best sites in the world for stargazing.

Mauna Kea is also home to the Canada-France-Hawaii Telescope and observatory. The observatory headquarters are located in Waimea (also known as Kamuela by the Post Office), where the telescope has been part of the community since 1977. While the observatory can be seen on the summit of Mauna Kea, public tours are, unfortunately, not available.

Beaches on the Island of Hawaii are usually less crowded than elsewhere in Hawaii – particularly when compared to those on Oahu - and offer a wide variety of recreational options. Guests can snorkel through the calm, crystal-clear waters at Hōnaunau Bay or learn to surf at surf schools and beginner wave spots along the Kona coast.

Reservations can be made or information obtained at MarriottVacationClub.com.

The Waikoloa Ocean Club and Waikoloa Beach Marriott Resort & Spa are located about 18 miles north of Kona International Airport (KOA). Alaska Airlines (NYSE:ALK), American Airlines (NASDAQ:AAL), Delta Air Lines (NYSE:DAL), Hawaiian Airlines (NYSE:HA), Island Air, and United Airlines (NYSE:UAL) all offer direct flights from the U.S. mainland to KOA, according to SkyScanner.com.

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